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Stand by your structure

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The ec Official Journal announces the competition for the former Russian Army General Staff building at the Hermitage in St Petersburg. At the time of construction, there were rumours that the central triumphal arch, designed by Carlo Rossi in 1819, was too large to stand. Rossi's response was to climb to the top and stand at the centre of the arch as the scaffolding was removed, declaring, 'If it falls, I fall with it.' That's commitment.

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